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PBDA Boys’ Basketball Put Up Solid Fight Throughout 2019 Season
Posted on: February 25, 2019
The 2019 Palm Beach Day Academy Boy’s Varsity Basketball season ended on February 6th with the boy’s falling in the quarter-finals of the league championship tournament. The Bulldogs had a turbulent season, finishing with a 3 and 7 record; however, their record is not indicative of how well the team played. In nearly every game, the Bulldogs fell into a hole that they would persistently fight to overcome.
The 2019 Season Begins
The season began with a 42-9 victory against Gulf Stream School, with the largest ever margin of victory in any PBDA Boy’s Basketball game. The flu hit the team shortly thereafter, resulting in three less starters from that initial game and causing PBDA to fall to Trinity Christian in overtime. The Bulldogs bounced back, still shorthanded, defeating Atlantic Christian School 37-22. The boys then went on to face the eventual league champions, The Benjamin School. PBDA held the lead for the first three quarters of the game and at one point, held a six-point advantage in the 4th quarter. Unfortunately, Benjamin escaped with a win after PBDA suffered a scoring drought throughout the game’s final four minutes.
Over the next four games, the Bulldogs would find themselves falling into an early hole with countless efforts to fight back to close the gap. Playing well but riding a five-game losing streak, the Bulldogs headed into St. Marks’ gym to face one of the league’s top teams. The pieces finally came together for the Bulldogs who, in their most impressive game of the season, dominated St. Marks in a 35-15 win.
Heading into the Playoffs on a high note, the Bulldogs began with a rematch against Kings Academy, the #2 seed. Despite finding themselves in yet another hole early on, with a 16-2 score, PBDA battled back and cut the lead to four points in the fourth quarter. However, the comeback fell short and the Bulldogs official season came to a close.
A Winning Roster
Leo Byrne was PBDA’s leading scorer for the season who, despite missing several games this season, led the team with 73 points, including a career high 19 points at St. Marks. Jay Wexler and Jameson Hocher also strongly contributed to the scoring as they both had 67 points on the season. Hudson Byrne was 4th in scoring with 34 points. This season, every member of the basketball team scored at least 5 points. Also contributing to the season were Danny Beck, Tyler Aronson, Stephen Myers, Quintin Surles, Garvey Beall, Jackson Moross, Charlie Scotto and Wyatt Janney.
The Legends Tradition
The “Legends” game – the final “unofficial” game of the season that has now become a Boy’s Basketball tradition – pitted the Boy’s Varsity team against a team made up of “legends”, or parents and coaches. In the “friendly” completion, the legends remained undefeated and came out victorious in a hard-fought game against the Varsity team.